It's completely free, and we will not share your information with anyone. Build Night Canceled August 28 Anyone with a basic understanding of blueprints can read and understand the plans. Matched hole construction meant many components fit together right out of the box. Fuel system Fuel system is a thing that seems to cause problems for some people for all the Sonex line of aircraft. Unlike two-place Sonex aircraft, the 80 h.p. with Wheel, Domestic Shipment: Packing & Materials Fee, International Quick Build FCL Container Packing, Ship Domestic via Specialized Transport (Limited Availability), Pick Up at Sonex (5% WI Sales Tax Applies - not shown in online order unless you are WI resident). Evidently, his timing was right; builders were looking for inexpensive wings, from a supplier with a proven track record. Finally worked through all the issues with the bracket. At a more economical 3000 rpm, we trued 117 and indicated 106. I knew I wanted a simple kit that I could fly for under $40,000. Long before it became AirVenture, it was an aviation event of epic proportions that etched itself in my soul and led to the lifelong dream of building an airplane and flying it to Oshkosh for the show. The option to build from plans was important to me. Spent several hours work with my friend Ross on the rear spar. The Onex is easy to push or pull to move it around on the ground; all three trigear tires are the same size, 4.10/3.50×5 units on Asuza wheels. The Onex (pronounced "One-X"[3] ) is an American single-seat, low-wing aircraft first flown on 27 January 2011[4][5] and currently being produced by Sonex Aircraft as a kit for amateur construction. Also filed the hole for the spar to fit through the fueslage slightly so the rivet heads could pass through. Next was the fuselage, built in two pieces and then brought together. Measures the S32 and S34 screws and noted they are actually much longer/shorter, and don’t match the labels on the bags. We did one wheel landing at the conclusion, just for variation; the Onex didn’t complain and stuck obediently to the pavement with a touch of forward pole, patiently waiting to dart for the runway edge until we had the tail down. [5] The aircraft has been designed to standard light aircraft FAR-23 static load requirements with the wings supporting more than 10,000 pounds in sandbags during the tests. For me, this was one of the low moments of the project. Copyright 2011-2020, Sportsman's Market, Inc. A friend and neighbor knew someone who had built (and sold) a beautiful Onex, and kindly arranged for him to fly over to my hangar and discuss very concerns I had about the build. Sign up for our free email newsletter, packed with tips, tricks and news for pilots. At 8,000' AeroVee powered Onex can acheive 155 mph TAS @ 44.25 mpg. Congratulations, Robbie and Brenda! Several engine options were available. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. He brings a wealth of knowledge and perspective to his flight reviews. With the support of my wife and son, I signed up for the builders workshop held at the factory in Oshkosh. Onex outboard wing panels are rigged and match-drilled to the wing center section. “At any given time,” Monnett said, “we intend to have enough parts on hand to build 10 to 30 airplanes. Needs some light sanding on one fork. A 20-pound capacity baggage bin is located aft of the seatback, reached by lifting the luggage over the seat. Stall behavior was unchanged from the training-wheel airplane, breaking at about 38 mph indicated. The AeroVee 2180 fired up at once, settling into its usual VW warm-up idle. My airplane had an engine! It's long gone, but as I read further, the memories…. A bandsaw, drill press, rivet squeezer, hand tools and Clecos are about all you’ll need. We found the shorter wing felt better with 75 mph retained over the fence, instead of 70. Wings and tail are complete and in the hangar. Quick Build Kits include all the contents of Sonex Aircraft Complete Airframe Kits, and have major assemblies pre-constructed – the fuselage and wing of the aircraft will be included assembled and riveted, and the aircraft canopy will be installed. Xenos: 2003: a motor-glider development of the Waiex with longer wings and the same engine selection as the other two Sonex models. It may also be of interest to other builders. Onex (pronounced “One-X”) is a single-seat aircraft designed to offer an even-more economical way to build and fly your sport pilot aircraft! The one-lever hydraulic brake system worked fine, with a simple notch to hold it engaged for parking. If the company went out of business during the project, it was possible to complete it from raw materials. In the 1970s, Jeremy’s father, John Monnett, pioneered the AeroVee modifications that made the 2180cc VW engine a viable aircraft powerplant and designed a successful line of airplanes to use it. The engine kit is complete, well-executed, and thoroughly documented. As a young man growing up in Wisconsin, I was exposed to what was, at the time, the annual EAA convention in Oshkosh. One of those was from Joe Norris, now the flight instructor at Sonex Aircraft, and in charge of their T-Flight transition training program. The folding-wing design can fit into a garage, or share a T hangar with your flying buddies, be trailered on local roads, and the wing panels are easily removed for trailering at highway speeds. Your email address will not be published. Onex (pronounced “One-X”) is a single-seat aircraft designed to offer an even-more economical way to build and fly your sport pilot aircraft! The main purpose of this blog is to log the progress. For those interested in installing a UL Power 4-cylinder engine in their Onex, UL Power North America has engine mounts available, and engines can be ordered directly from Sonex Aircraft! Looks like it needs 1 1/8 inch screw. (see pricing tab on this page). Nice article, I’m starting to lean towards the homebuilt option as well. [5], In a February 2, 2011 webinar, Monett discussed many of technical aspects of the Onex, as well as providing a description of the early flight tests. Finally, the company had great technical support and a solid reputation with the homebuilt community. Sonex Aircraft, LLC is committed to providing the recreational aviation community innovative, cost-effective and efficient aircraft kits, powerplants, and accessories and supporting them with industry-leading customer service. The option to build from plans was important to me. I knew I had not flown much during the build process, had very little tailwheel time, and no Sonex experience. Sonex: 2000 (customer built) 500 by 2014: the original aircraft design, incorporating a low-wing design, seats two, and has a fast build time. Items like a battery, fuel lines, etc. We were cautioned to expect the oil temperature to be in the upper end of the range and power output to be still in development. I was familiar with his aircraft design. It was a pivotal moment in the project. The Onex follows the Sonex Aircraft design and engineering tradition in offering a simple, robust, aerobatic aircraft capable of squeezing incredible performance out of lower powered engines. Read more about each option by following the links below: The Fastest, Most Economical way to Kit Build! As a result, I went and got transition training… twice. The Onex design is basically an 85-percent scaled-down version of the Sonex side-by-side two-seater, yet it uses the same basic engine options to make it perform with a certain élan. Once complete, we hung the engine on the airframe in December 2014. Because the Sonex Tail is often the first section of the aircraft to be built, a chapter in this DVD series is devoted to the beginning builder. While these finished costs are accurate as of the date of publication, they are not guaranteed. Sonex also offered several models of aircraft, and the Sonex could be built from plans, as sub kits, or as a complete kit. Landing gear configuration can also be more easily changed with a universal repositionable main gear and a universal engine mount that does not need to be changed when switching between standard gear and tricycle gear configurations. Sonex Aircraft, LLC will not process your order until a signed copy of the agreement has been received. It looked like it fit my mission, it was popular and had several hundred completions, and was very affordable. The second wing went much faster and we were then ready for the fuselage kit. This time, we took a few seconds to swing out onto the centerline and advance the throttle, making sure we were lined up before dropping the hammer. The two spark plugs in each cylinder are thereby fired independently. Kit-Aircraft Manufacturers: Okay So Far (UPDATED), Turbine Temptation: Final Integration and Testing. [6], Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era, Specifications (Onex with regular span wing), "Sonex Aircraft Hornet's Nest Research and Development", "Onex Single-Place, Folding-Wing, Aerobatic Sport Aircraft Makes First Flight", "Webinar - Onex: A New Kit Aircraft from Sonex", "Onex Single Place Folding Wing Sport Aircraft Receives FAA NKET Approval",, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 18 June 2020, at 02:33. Lost of checking and double checking the plans. First we will have to remove the clecos from the floor of the plane below the rear spar to cleco it in place (the we can rivet the floor skin down). Amortize your kit costs without using financing! Several engine options were available. The Onex builder/pilot has a choice of tricycle or conventional gear configurations. I live in Old Farm and fly out of Clow, would be up for a ride in your Sonex if you’re open to that, I’ll buy lunch! The plans for the Sonex are also so detailed that I felt they were enough for me to successfully complete the build if no factory assistance was available. Airframe Kits include blind rivets from Sonex Aircraft and full Hardware Kits from WBParts.